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Curriculum

The PhD in Economics curriculum includes two years of coursework. During the first semester, students become familiar with the necessary formal and quantitative tools to conduct research in economics.


In the following semesters, students choose one elective course for specialization and take specialized field courses (core competences). The material taught in these field courses provides the basis for writing a PhD thesis in the respective field.


Students need to take:

  •         18 ECTS of compulsory courses
  •         6 ECTS of elective courses
  •         12 ECTS of field courses,
  •         4 ECTS of generic competences
  •         4 ECTS of PhD dissertation seminars

Detailed curriculum

Compulsory courses (winter term)

  • Econometrics (6 ECTS)
  • Microeconomics (6 ECTS)
  • Macroeconomics (6 ECTS)

Elective courses (summer term)

  • Statistics (6 ECTS)
  • Financial Economics (6 ECTS)
  • Game Theory (6 ECTS)

Core competences (Field courses)

Course offer changes (each field course is credited with 4 ECTS). 

See Current Course Offer for current and past field courses

Generic Competences

Students can choose courses to improve their skills necessary for conducting and presenting own scientific research, i.e. scientific writing, didactics or programming. Courses on equality and gender can also be chosen.

Dissertation Seminar

Students can properly present research ideas, theoretical and methodological principles and results of their own research. Students need to take one seminar at the University of Innsbruck and one seminar at JKU Linz. Each seminar is credited with 2 ECTS points.

For more information on the dissertation, see here